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2 CONTENTS Preamble 1 1 I I General Provisions 1 1 Article Scope of of application Use Use of of masculine and and feminine form form II II Entries Admission Duties 1 1 Article Number of of clubs clubs per per UEFA UEFA member association 1 1 Titleholder 2 2 Admission criteria 2 2 Admission procedure 3 3 Duties of of the the clubs clubs 3 3 III III Trophies and and Medals 4 4 Article Trophy Medals IV IV Responsibilities 5 5 Article UEFA UEFA responsibilities 5 5 Responsibilities of of the the associations and and clubs clubs 5 5 Visas Visas 6 6 V V Competition System 6 6 Article Number of of rounds 6 6 Qualifying round round 6 6 Match Match system 7 7 Equality of of points points 7 7 Determination of of the the best best runners-up 8 8 Drawing of of lots lots 8 8 Round of of Round of of Quarter-finals 9 9 Semi-finals 9 9 Final Final 9 9

3 VI Article 6 9 Away goals and extra time under the knockout system 9 Article 7 9 Seeding of clubs Ties 9 10 Refusal to Play, Cancellation of a Match, Match Abandoned and Similar Cases 10 Article 8 10 Refusal to play and similar cases 10 Article 9 10 Mini-tournament or match cancelled before departure of the visiting club(s) 10 Match cancelled after departure of the visiting club(s) 11 Match abandoned 11 Expenses 12 VII Fixtures, Match Dates, Venues and Kick-off Times 12 Article Match dates 12 Announcement of the mini-tournament hosts 13 Venues 13 Alternative venues 13 Confirmation of venues and kick-off times 14 Arrival of the teams 14 Departure of visiting teams (mini-tournaments) 14 Final 14 VIII Stadiums 14 Article Stadium categories 14 Exceptions to a structural criterion 14 Stadium and safety requirements 15 Stadium inspections 15 Pitch conditions 15 Artificial turf standard 16 Floodlights 16 Clocks 16 Giant screens 16 Retractable stadium roofs 17

4 IX Match Organisation 17 Article Flags 17 Pitch watering schedule 17 Venue data coordinator position and accreditation 18 Advertising boards 18 Substitution boards 18 Ticket allocations 18 Training sessions on the pitch 18 Arrival of the teams 18 Handshakes and anthems 18 Substitutes benches, technical seats and technical area 19 Medical requirements 19 X Laws of the Game 19 Article Substitution of players 19 Match sheet 20 Replacement of players on the match sheet 20 Article 14 Half-time interval, break before extra time Article 15 Kicks from the penalty mark XI Player Eligibility 22 Article General provisions 22 Registration procedure 22 Deadlines 22 List of players 23 New goalkeeper registration 23 Player transferred in the course of the season 23 Responsibility 23 XII Kit 24 Article UEFA Kit Regulations 24 Kit approval procedure 24 Colours 24 Player numbers 25 Player names 25 Shirt sponsor(s) up until the quarter-finals 25

5 Shirt sponsor for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final 25 Change of shirt sponsor from the quarter-finals 25 Deadline for changes of shirt sponsor 26 Competition badge 26 Titleholder badge 26 Respect badge 26 Items which do not form part of the playing attire 26 Special material used in the stadium for the final 26 Captain s armbands 27 Balls and official ball 27 XIII Referees 27 Article Appointment 27 Arrival 28 Unfit referee 28 Referee s report 28 Referee liaison officer 28 XIV Disciplinary Law and Procedures Doping 28 Article UEFA Disciplinary Regulations 28 Article Yellow and red cards 29 Article Protests 29 Article 22 Doping XV Financial Provisions 30 Article Costs 30 Qualifying round 30 Knockout matches 31 Final 31 Bonus payments 31 UEFA payments to clubs 31 XVI Exploitation of the Commercial Rights 32 Article Commercial rights Promotional purposes 32 32

6 Qualifying round, round of 32, round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals 33 Final 34 Disclaimer 34 Indemnity 35 XVII Intellectual Property Rights 35 Article XVIII Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) 35 Article XIX Unforeseen Circumstances 35 Article XX Closing Provisions 35 Article ANNEX I - COEFFICIENT RANKING SYSTEM 37 ANNEX II - UEFA EUROPEAN WOMEN S MATCH CALENDAR 2013/14 39 ANNEX III - INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ORGANISATION AND STAGING OF MINI- TOURNAMENTS 40 ANNEX IV - MEDIA MATTERS 45 ANNEX VA - MEDIA POSITIONING AT UEFA MATCHES 49 ANNEX VB - TV CAMERA POSITIONS 50 ANNEX VI - RESPECT FAIR PLAY ASSESSMENT 51 ANNEX VII - APPOINTMENT OF REFEREES 55

7 Preamble The following regulations have been adopted on the basis of Articles 49(2)(b) and 50(1) of the UEFA Statutes. I General Provisions Article 1 Scope of application 1.01 The present regulations govern the rights, duties and responsibilities of all parties participating and involved in the preparation and organisation of the 2013/14 UEFA Women s Champions League (hereinafter the competition). Use of masculine and feminine form 1.02 In these regulations, the use of the masculine form refers equally to the feminine, and vice versa. II Entries Admission Duties Article 2 Number of clubs per UEFA member association 2.01 Each UEFA member association (hereinafter association) may enter a club for the competition. The eight best-ranked associations according to the UEFA Women s Champions League association coefficient rankings (see paragraph 2.02 below) may enter a second club for the competition In order to determine the number of places allocated to an association in the competition, the UEFA Women s Champions League association coefficient rankings are drawn up in accordance with the principles contained in point 1 of Annex I to these regulations. For access in the 2013/14 season, the rankings are calculated on the basis of the results obtained in the period from 2007/08 to 2011/12 inclusive. The rankings also determine the stage at which clubs join the competition Associations are represented on the following basis: a) One representative: winner of the top domestic women s league; b) Two representatives: winner and runner-up of the top domestic women s league; c) Three representatives: winner and runner-up of the top domestic women s league, as well as the titleholder, in the only case where the titleholder does not qualify for the competition through its domestic competition (see paragraph 2.05). 1

8 2.04 In special circumstances, the winner of the women s domestic cup competition may be entered for the UEFA Women s Champions League instead of the winner of the top domestic league, provided the approval of UEFA has been obtained before the start of the season in question. Titleholder 2.05 The UEFA Women s Champions League titleholder is guaranteed a place in the round of 32 even if it does not qualify for the competition through its domestic league. If the titleholder qualifies for the UEFA Women s Champions League through its domestic league, the number of places to which its association is entitled in the UEFA Women s Champions League does not change. If the titleholder does not qualify for the UEFA Women s Champions League through its domestic league, its association is entitled to one additional place in the competition. Admission criteria 2.06 To be eligible to participate in the competition, a club must fulfil the following criteria: a) it must have qualified for the competition on sporting merit; b) it must fill in the official entry documents (i.e. all documents containing the information deemed necessary by the UEFA administration for ascertaining compliance with the admission criteria), which must reach the UEFA administration by 31 May 2013; c) it must confirm in writing that the club itself, as well as its players and officials, agree to respect the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of UEFA; d) it must confirm in writing that the club itself, as well as its players and officials, agree to recognise the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne as defined in the relevant provisions of the UEFA Statutes and agree that any proceedings before the CAS concerning admission to, participation in or exclusion from the competition will be held in an expedited manner in accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration of the CAS and with the directions issued by the CAS, including for provisional or super-provisional measures, to the explicit exclusion of any State court Associations may only be represented by the winner or runner-up of the top domestic women s league notwithstanding the exceptions provided for in paragraphs 2.03 c) and 2.04 above. If a club refuses to enter the competition, having qualified for it on sporting merit, the following procedure applies: a) associations with one representative in accordance with paragraph 2.03 a) may enter the runner-up of their top domestic women s league instead of the winner; 2

9 b) associations with two or three representatives in accordance with paragraphs 2.03 b) and c) may not enter another club in place of the club which refuses to enter. If a club refuses to enter and is not replaced, the access list is rebalanced accordingly. Admission procedure 2.08 The UEFA General Secretary decides on admission to the competition. Such a decision is final A club which is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next bestplaced club in the top domestic women s league of the same association, provided it fulfils the admission criteria. Duties of the clubs 2.10 On entering the competition, participating clubs agree: a) to comply with the Laws of the Game issued by the International Football Association Board (IFAB); b) to respect the principles of fair play as defined in the UEFA Statutes; c) to play in the competition until their elimination and to field their strongest team throughout the competition; d) to stage all matches in the competition in accordance with the present regulations, including the Instructions for the Organisation and Staging of Mini-Tournaments (Annex III), as well as the guidelines contained in the UEFA Women s Champions League Club Manual and Brand Manual; e) to comply with all decisions regarding the competition taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, the UEFA administration or any other competent body and communicated appropriately (by UEFA circular letter or by official letter, fax or ); f) to observe the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations for all matches in the competition; g) to stage all matches in the competition in stadiums meeting the structural criteria of the stadium category required by paragraph 11.01; h) if appropriate, to confirm that the artificial turf meets the applicable FIFA quality standards and to send the UEFA administration a copy of the required FIFA licensing certificate issued by a FIFA accredited laboratory within the 12 months before the entry deadline; i) to make every reasonable effort to make the players nominated for the UEFA Best Woman Player in Europe Award available for the award ceremony at the start of the season; 3

10 j) to cooperate with UEFA at any time and in particular at the end of matches in the collection of items from the game and players personal items that could be used by UEFA to create a memorabilia collection to show the heritage of the competition, to the exclusion of any commercial use; k) not to represent UEFA or the UEFA Women s Champions League without UEFA s prior written approval The club may use its name and/or logo provided all the following requirements are satisfied: a) The name is mentioned in the statutes of the club. b) If required by national law, it is registered with the chamber of commerce or equivalent body. c) It is registered at its association and used in national competitions. d) The name and logo do not refer to the name of a commercial partner. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the UEFA administration in any case of particular hardship (e.g. long-term existing name, etc) on reasoned request of the club concerned. If so requested, the club must provide the UEFA administration with the necessary evidence. III Trophies and Medals Article 3 Trophy 3.01 The original trophy, which is used for the official presentation ceremony at the final, remains in UEFA's keeping at all times. A full-size replica trophy, the UEFA Women s Champions League winners trophy, is awarded to the winning club Any club which wins the competition three consecutive times or five times in total receives a special mark of recognition. Once a cycle of three successive wins or five in total has been completed, the club concerned starts a new cycle from zero Replica trophies awarded to winners of the UEFA Women s Champions League (past and current) must remain within the relevant club s control at all times and must not leave its region or the country of its association without UEFA s prior written consent. Clubs must not permit a replica trophy to be used in any context where a third party (including, without limitation, their sponsors and other commercial partners) is granted visibility or in any other way which could lead to an association between any third party and the trophy and/or the competition. Clubs must comply with any trophy use guidelines that the UEFA administration may issue from time to time. 4

11 Medals 3.04 The winning club is presented with 35 gold medals and the runner-up with 35 silver medals. Additional medals may not be produced. IV Responsibilities Article 4 UEFA responsibilities 4.01 UEFA insures its own area of responsibility in accordance with the present regulations as follows: a) third-party liability insurance b) spectator accident insurance (for the final only) c) group accident insurance for UEFA delegates d) legal expenses insurance (restricted to criminal matters). Responsibilities of the associations and clubs 4.02 The clubs are responsible for the behaviour of their players, officials, members, supporters and any person carrying out a function at a match on their behalf The host club (or the host association) is responsible for order and security before, during and after the match. The host club (or the host association) may be called to account for incidents of any kind and may be disciplined The host club must stage the relevant matches at the ground in accordance with the instructions of UEFA (or of a third party acting on UEFA s behalf) and in cooperation with the association concerned. However, the club is considered solely accountable for all its obligations in this respect, unless the relevant body or bodies decide(s) otherwise Irrespective of UEFA s insurance coverage, each club and host association must conclude insurance coverage with reputable insurers at their own cost, in relation to any and all risks, according to the following principles: a) each club must conclude and maintain insurance coverage to fully cover all its risks in connection with its participation in the competition; b) in addition, the host club or the host association must conclude and maintain insurance coverage for the risks in connection with staging and organising its home matches and which must include, without limitation, third party liability insurance (for all third parties participating in matches or present at the relevant venue) providing for appropriate guaranteed sums for damages to persons, objects and property, as well as for pure economic losses corresponding to the specific circumstances of the club or association concerned; 5

12 c) to the same extent as in paragraph b) above, the host association of the final match must conclude and maintain insurance coverage to fully cover all its risks in connection with the staging and organisation of the final match, including associated supporting and side events; d) if the host club or the host association is not the owner of the stadium used, it is also responsible for providing adequate and fully comprehensive insurance cover, including third-party liability and property damage taken out by the relevant stadium owner and/or tenant; e) the host club and the host association must ensure that UEFA is included in all insurance policies as defined in the present paragraph and must hold UEFA harmless from any and all claims for liability arising in relation to the staging and organising of the relevant matches; In any case, UEFA may ask anyone involved to provide, free of charge, written releases of liability and/or hold harmless notes, and/or confirmations and/or copies of the policies concerned in one of UEFA s official languages. Visas 4.06 If necessary, competing clubs must apply for entry visas from the diplomatic mission of the host country well in advance of their trip. Upon request, the host association must assist the visiting clubs as much as possible with the visa formalities. V Competition System Article 5 Number of rounds 5.01 The competition consists of: qualifying round round of 32 round of 16 quarter-finals semi-finals final Qualifying round 5.02 The participating clubs are drawn into groups of four teams. The qualification path to the round of 32 depends on the number of entries for the competition. Details are communicated by the UEFA administration in writing before the draw for the qualifying round. 6

13 Match system 5.03 All matches in the qualifying round must be played in the form of a minitournament in one of the countries in the group. Each team plays each of the other teams in the group once, with three points awarded for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. Equality of points 5.04 If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order): a) Higher number of points obtained in the group matches among the teams in question. b) Superior goal difference resulting from the group matches among the teams in question. c) Higher number of goals scored in the group matches among the teams in question. d) If, after having applied criteria a) to c) to several teams, teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria a) to c) are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria e) to g) apply. e) Results of all group matches: 1. Better goal difference 2. Higher number of goals scored. f) Higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons (see paragraph 7.02). g) Drawing of lots If two teams which have the same number of points and the same number of goals scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and are still equal at the end of that said match, the ranking of the two teams in question is determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 15) and not by the criteria listed under 5.04(a) to (g), provided no other teams within the group have the same number of points on completion of all group matches. Should more than two teams have the same number of points, the criteria listed under paragraph 5.04 apply. This procedure is only necessary if a ranking of the teams is required to determine the group winner or the team which qualifies for the next round, as the case may be. 7

14 Determination of the best runners-up 5.06 Should it be necessary to determine the best runner(s)-up from the qualifying round, only results against the teams in first and third place in each group are taken into account, with the following criteria being taken into consideration in the order given: a) higher number of points b) superior goal difference c) higher number of goals scored d) higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons (see paragraph 7.02). e) fair play conduct of the teams in all group matches in the qualifying round; f) drawing of lots. Drawing of lots 5.07 If on completion of a mini-tournament a draw is required, the drawing of lots takes place at the teams hotel after the final match. The lots are drawn by the UEFA match delegate and the heads of delegation or team representatives must sign a document stating that they accept the result of this draw. Round of The top-ranked teams start the competition at this stage (see paragraph 7.02) and are joined by the clubs which have qualified from the qualifying round The round of 32 pairings are determined by means of a draw. This round is played under the knockout system, on a home-and-away basis (two legs). The UEFA administration ensures that the following principles are respected: a) Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. b) The winners and runners-up from the same group cannot be drawn against each other. c) The seeded teams play the return leg at home The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the round of 16. Otherwise, the stipulations of Article 6 apply. Round of The 16 winners of the round of 32 contest the round of 16, for which the pairings are determined by means of a draw. The round of 16 is played under the knockout system, on a home-and-away basis (two legs). The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the quarter-finals. Otherwise, the stipulations of Article 6 apply. 8

15 Quarter-finals 5.12 The eight winners of the round of 16 contest the quarter-finals, for which the pairings are determined by means of a draw. The quarter-finals are played under the knockout system, on a home-and-away basis (two legs). The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the semi-finals. Otherwise, the stipulations of Article 6 apply. Semi-finals 5.13 The four winners of the quarter-finals contest the semi-finals, for which the pairings are determined by means of a draw. The semi-finals are played under the knockout system, on a home-and-away basis (two legs). The team which scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches qualifies for the final. Otherwise, the stipulations of Article 6 apply. Final 5.14 The final is played as one single match. If the result stands as a draw at the end of normal playing time, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes is played. If one of the teams scores more goals than the other during extra time, that team is declared the winner. If the two teams are still equal after extra time, the winner is determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 15). The provisions of Article 6 do not apply to the final. Article 6 Away goals and extra time under the knockout system 6.01 For matches played under the knockout system, if the two teams involved in a tie score the same number of goals over the two legs, the team which scores more away goals qualifies for the next stage. If this procedure does not produce a result, i.e. if both teams score the same number of goals at home and away, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played at the end of the second leg. If, during extra time, both teams score the same number of goals, away goals count double (i.e. the visiting club qualifies). If no goals are scored during extra time, kicks from the penalty mark (Article 15) determine which club qualifies for the next stage. Article 7 Seeding of clubs 7.01 For the purposes of the draw, the UEFA administration seeds clubs for the qualifying round and for the round of 32 in accordance with the club coefficient rankings established at the beginning of the season in line with the principles set by the UEFA Women s Football Committee (see paragraph 7.02). If, for any unforeseen reason, any of the participants in such rounds are not known at the time of the draw, the coefficient of the club with the higher coefficient of the two clubs involved in an undecided tie will be used for the purposes of the draw. 9

16 7.02 The club coefficient rankings are drawn up on the basis of a combination of 33% of the value of the respective association s coefficient for the period from 2008/09 to 2012/13 inclusive (see Annex I, point 1) and the clubs individual performances in the competition during the same period (see Annex I, point 2). Each club retains the cumulative number of points obtained during this period For the round of 32, a draw between the same number of seeded and unseeded clubs determines the pairings, in accordance with the club coefficient ranking established at the beginning of the season (see paragraph 7.02). The titleholder is always the top seed. Ties 7.04 The ties are determined by means of a draw. The club drawn first plays the first leg of the tie at home, subject to the provisions of Articles 5 and The UEFA administration may decide that a tie be played in one leg, if circumstances so require, and will set the principles for determining the winner accordingly. VI Refusal to Play, Cancellation of a Match, Match Abandoned and Similar Cases Article 8 Refusal to play and similar cases 8.01 If a club refuses to play or is responsible for a match not taking place or not being played in full, the Control and Disciplinary Body takes a decision in the matter Exceptionally, the Control and Disciplinary Body can validate the result as it stood at the moment when the match was abandoned if the match result was to the detriment of the club responsible for the match being abandoned A club which refuses to play or is responsible for a match not taking place or not being played in full loses all rights to payments from UEFA Upon receipt of a reasoned and well-documented request from the club or clubs concerned, the UEFA administration may set an amount of compensation due for financial loss. Article 9 Mini-tournament or match cancelled before departure of the visiting club(s) 9.01 If the host club finds that a match or mini-tournament cannot take place, for example because the field is not fit for play, it must notify the visiting club(s) before their departure from home and the host association and the UEFA 10

17 administration at the same time. The host association must forward such notification to the referees and the UEFA match delegates before their departure from home. In this case, the match(es) must be played at another venue and/or other date(s) as decided by the UEFA administration after consultation with the host club (for the venue) and with the clubs concerned (for the date). Match cancelled after departure of the visiting club(s) 9.02 If any doubt arises as to the condition of the field of play after the visiting clubs departure from home, the referee decides on the spot whether or not it is fit for play If the referee decides that the match cannot commence, for example because the field is unfit for play, the match must be played the next day or on another date set by the UEFA administration. A decision must be taken within two hours of the referee s decision to cancel the match, in consultation with the clubs and the associations concerned. In case of dispute, the UEFA administration fixes the date and kick-off time of the match. Its decision is final. Match abandoned 9.04 If the referee decides to abandon the match, for example because the field is unfit for play, the remaining match time must be played either the next day, or on another date set by the UEFA administration, unless the case is referred to the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body. The date on which the match will be completed must be decided within two hours of the referee s decision to abandon the match, in consultation with the two clubs and the associations concerned. In case of dispute, the UEFA administration fixes the date and kick-off time of the match. Its decision is final If the remaining time of the match has to be played the next day or on another date set by the UEFA administration, the following principles apply: a) the match sheet may contain any of the eligible players who were on the players list when the match was abandoned, irrespective of whether they were actually on the match sheet for the abandoned match, with the exception of players substituted or sent off during the abandoned match as well as players suspended for the abandoned match. The players who were in play at the time the match was abandoned may not be included on the match sheet as substitutes when the match is resumed; b) any sanctions imposed before the match was abandoned remain valid for the remainder of the match; c) single yellow cards imposed before the match was abandoned are not carried forward to any other matches before the abandoned match is completed; 11

18 d) players sent off during the abandoned match cannot be replaced and the number of players in the starting line-up remains as it was when the match was abandoned; e) players who were suspended following a match played after the abandoned match in question can be included on the match sheet; f) the teams can make only the number of substitutions to which they were still entitled when the match was abandoned; g) the match must restart on the same spot where the abandoned match action occurred (i.e. free-kick, throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, penalty, etc.). If the match was stopped during the normal flow of the game, a dropped ball on the spot where it was abandoned shall be used to restart. Expenses 9.06 If the circumstances require the host club to notify the visiting club(s) before their departure from home of a match not being able to be played and if the host club failed to do so, it is responsible for the travel, board and lodging expenses of the visiting club(s). If the host association was not informed by the host club accordingly, the host club is also responsible for the travel, board and lodging expenses of the referee team and match officers. If the host association failed to forward the notification to the referee team and match officers before their departure from home, it is responsible for their travel, board and lodging expenses In all other cases, each club bears its own expenses, including additional expenses resulting from the match having to be (re)played later than initially scheduled. However, if a match cannot take place for reasons beyond control and the visiting club(s) return(s) home, the travel, board and lodging expenses of the visiting club(s), as well as the relevant hosting costs, are borne by the clubs in equal parts. VII Fixtures, Match Dates, Venues and Kick-off Times Article 10 Match dates All matches are played according to the UEFA European Women's Match Calendar (see Annex II) The following dates are reserved for matches of the competition: Qualifying Round 8 13 August 2013 Round of 32 9/10 October and 16/17 October

19 Round of 16 9/10 November and 13/14 November 2013 Quarter-finals 22/23 and 29/30 March 2014 Semi-finals 19/20 and 26/27 April 2014 Final 22 May If one of the clubs involved in a tie would have to play on the same day its men s first team plays a UEFA competition match, or if the stadium used by the women s team is already in use by the men s first team for a match in the top domestic league or domestic cup, the clubs concerned must agree on a new date for the match. If no agreement can be reached, the UEFA administration takes a final decision. Announcement of the mini-tournament hosts The UEFA administration appoints the hosts of the qualifying round minitournaments in accordance with the principles stated in Annex III, point 1. Venues Matches may be played either at the ground of the host club or at another ground in the same or another city within the territory of its association, or, if so decided by the UEFA administration and/or the UEFA disciplinary bodies, in the territory of another UEFA member association for reasons of safety or as a result of a disciplinary measure. If the match is being played in another city or country, the venue is subject to the approval of the UEFA administration The host club must ensure that all hotels used for matches or minitournaments are easily accessible and that the travelling conditions are favourable for the visiting teams. Hotels must be situated within an acceptable distance of the nearest international airport. Special approval by the UEFA administration is required for venues located in places which have few international flights or which necessitate internal flights. Unless the visiting teams agree otherwise, no match venue may be located more than a onehour bus drive from all hotels. Alternative venues If, at any time during the season, the UEFA administration deems that, for whatever reason, some venues may not be fit for staging a match, UEFA may consult the associations and clubs concerned and ask them to propose an alternative venue, in accordance with the UEFA requirements. The costs of 13

20 staging the match are borne by the host club. The UEFA administration takes a final decision on the match venue in due time. Confirmation of venues and kick-off times The venues, dates and kick-off times of all matches must be confirmed and communicated to the UEFA administration in writing by the associations of the clubs concerned by the deadline set by the UEFA administration. For reasons of sporting fairness, the matches played on the last match day in a minitournament must kick off at the same time unless the results in the minitournament on the third matchday would not make a difference to the rankings. The UEFA administration reserves the right to set the kick-off time for the last matchday for all mini-tournaments if necessary for reasons of sporting fairness. Arrival of the teams The clubs must ensure that their team arrives at the match venue by the evening before the match (or start of the mini-tournament) at the latest. A team arriving more than one day before the start of a mini-tournament is responsible for the extra costs incurred as a result of its early arrival. Departure of visiting teams (mini-tournaments) Visiting teams should depart the day after their last match in a minitournament. Teams departing any later bear the extra costs incurred as a result of their late departure. Final The final is organised by a local organising committee (LOC) on the basis of a contract between the host association and UEFA. In principle, the final takes place in the same city as the UEFA Champions League final. VIII Stadiums Article 11 Stadium categories Unless stipulated otherwise in these regulations, matches in the competition must be played from the qualifying round to the semi-finals in a stadium which meets the structural criteria of category 1 as defined in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations (2010 edition) The final must be played in a stadium which meets the structural criteria as defined in the staging agreement. Exceptions to a structural criterion The UEFA administration may grant an exception to a specific structural criterion for the stadium category in question in cases of particular hardship 14

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